State officials asking why Montana ranks among most dangerous states in which to work

Montana has spent more than a decade atop the national rankings for its rate of workplace injuries in the private sector, for reasons that continue to elude state officials. Workplace safety in Montana, and the lack thereof, is a frequent topic of debate in the state’s legislature. Although no major bills addressing the issue were […]

In response to GAO report, labor advocates protest increased poultry line speeds

Following a recent finding by the Government Accountability Office that Fed-OSHA continues to face challenges addressing meat and poultry industry employee safety and health issues, a coalition of labor advocates are urging the Department of Agriculture to reject higher line speeds at poultry processing plants. The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses among poultry industry […]

Texas: Smell in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties concerns residents

A “rotten egg” smell–hydrogen sulfide, most likely–that residents of two Texas counties have noticed recently stems from an oil spill that occurred last week, and it’s not dangerous, authorities say. Some environmental experts are more skeptical. Houston Chronicle

Minnesota OSHA investigating fatal fall at power plant

Almost a week after the incident, police had not released the name of the man who died after a fall at the Benson Power plant in west-central Minnesota. The death occurred at the 55-megawatt biomass plant that burns turkey manure mixed with wood chips to produce electricity that it supplies to Xcel Energy. St. Paul […]

TOSHA cites glass plant after employee injury

Tennessee OSHA has cited a Hawkins County glass plant after an employee was injured on the job. The man reportedly was loading crates of glass onto an open-top tractor trailer when a crane snagged a bar, causing the trailer to tilt and one of the crates to overturn, striking him. WJHL (Johnson City, Tenn.)